The 27th Honolulu Festival will take place on March 12-14, 2021

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Admission is free for all visitors! Japanese Film Festival!

The inspirational Japanese movies will be shown at Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8. Admission is Free!

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Friendship Gala

The 26th Annual Honolulu Festival Friendship Gala The Friendship Gala is an exciting event featuring wonderful cuisine and cultural performances. The purpose of the Friendship Gala is to promote friendship and international goodwill between the people of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. Festival participants are offered a unique insight into the cultures of the region through dance, song and regional cuisine by some of Hawaii’s most famous chefs and restaurants. The Friendship Gala enable the Honolulu Festival Foundation to offer enriching educational programs and opportunities to increase the global understanding and awareness of local school children. [ Date ] Friday, March 6, 2020 7:00pm-8:30pm (Doors Open: 6:40pm) [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 1 *Getting to the venue, see HERE *FREE Parking validation is available at Reception Desk [ Ticket ] $90 / $75 for under 20 years old Includes food and one beverage. *FREE admission for under 5 years old (NOT include food and beverages) Entertainment JOY Kids’ Theater (Tokyo) × OHANA ARTS (Hawaii) AKITASHI-KANTOKAI Meleana Brown Elvis Presley performed by Johnny Fortuno Dragon Beat Restaurant 12th AVE GRILL Chef Chai Eggs’n Things Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck KAHAI STREET KITCHEN Nico’s Pier 38 Soleil d’ Hawaii Bakery EAT HONOLULU THE PIG and THE LADY

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40th Anniversary Ikenobo Ikebana Society Honolulu Hawaii Chapter Ikenobo Exhibition

“Celebrating the Spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana” There will be a floral exhibition by the Ikenobo school on 3/7 (Sat) and 3/8 (Sun) at the Hawaii Convention Center as part of the annual Honolulu Festival. Ikenobo is the oldest and largest school of ikebana. Ikenobo Headmaster Designate Senko Ikenobo will also have her arrangement there along with 140 other arrangers from Japan and Honolulu. Schedule: ・3/7 Sat 10:00am-3:00pm ・3/8 Sun 10:00am-3:00pm Venue: Hawaii Convention Center 3F #312 Admission: FREE Please come and feel the beauty of Ikebana!

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Maui High School is the Winner of Honolulu Festival’s 17th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest

Maui Mikoshi As this year’s theme is “Making the World a Better Place for Our Future, From the Pacific to the World,” we wanted to spread to others through our design the messages of taking care of oneself and others, contributing to the community, and building a better world. As we face pollution, one of the most known problems around the world, we wanted to express that regardless of age and gender, with everyone working together, even the small steps can solve one of the most significant issues. Similarly, the intertwined ti leaf lei symbolize the intertwining of our Hawaiian culture and the uniting of everyone in peace and strength. Held together by the dove and crow from the topper, the rope holding the 12 country flags represents the bond between the nations of the world, from the highest peak of Mauna Kea of Hawaii to Mount Fuji of Japan. The sunrise connecting them all represents the start of a new day, full of endless possibilities. – Maui High School Principal, Mr. Jamie Yap “I think the amount of work that went into putting this piece together, it just depicts the collaboration of the twenty-plus students that put this together. You guys were very thoughtful in what you guys did, and how you explained it in your picture. I can understand why you guys were selected number one. I would have picked you guys as well, not just because you guys are from Maui High. I think you guys did an outstanding job putting it together, sharing the message in a very thoughtful message, so it’ll be great to have this artwork being shared with the rest of the community. So congratulations, good job, I’m proud of you guys.” Maui Mikoshi Exhibit [ Date ] (SAT) March 7th, 2020 & (SUN) March 8th, 2020 [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center 1F Topper Veranda

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“25th Honolulu Festival” highlight video is uploaded

We just released 25th Honolulu Festival’s highlight video. we received many positive feedbacks from people in Honolulu and outside the city. As we run Honolulu Festival Foundation, we set 3 important themes: “cultural exchange”, “education”, and “environment”. Click here for all Youtube Clip>> We are planning more interesting events for the next 26th Honolulu Festival in 2020. We look forward very much to seeing you at festival.

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Admission is free for all visitors! Japanese Film Festival!

The inspirational Japanese movies will be shown at Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. Admission is Free!

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Maui High School is the Winner of Honolulu Festival’s 16th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest

Maui High School is the winner of the 16th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest sponsored by the Honolulu Festival. Maui Mikoshi Here comes the Mikoshi created by the Maui High School Japanese Club students, under the supervision of their Japanese Language Instructor, Etsuko Nagahama. The Maui Mikoshi Design Contest was developed in 2004 as part of Honolulu Festival’s community outreach program. The idea of expanding the Festival’ s programs to another island besides Oahu and having the young students of Maui learn and appreciate the Japanese culture were key factors in creating this event. The designs are judged by officers of the Honolulu Festival Foundation and the criteria for judging is based on which design is most appropriate to the theme and sub-theme of the Honolulu Festival. The sub-theme of the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival is “Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 Years of Aloha.” Influenced by the rich history and cultural stories of Japan and Hawaii, the students incorporated symbols such as the crane and flowers to represent the harmony of cultures on this island and the freedom and happiness that arose from the sacrifice of those who came before us. Through their design, they wish to show the legacy and light that has guided and shaped our culture and home.   Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony [ Date ] Saturday, March 9, 2019 [ Time ] 12:00pm-12:15pm [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center 1F   Walls Roof Emblem & Topper   Banners & Pillars Fences & Veranda

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The Honolulu Festival was awarded the Excellence Award at the 4th Japan Tourism Awards

The Japan Tourism Award contributes to the development and expansion of tourism, to the synergy effect along with Tourism EXPO Japan, and recognizes sustainable and excellent efforts of domestic and overseas groups, organizations and companies, by notifying society of the award-winning efforts, they aim to promote understanding of tourism and contribute to further development of tourism as a whole. In August 2018, the Honolulu Festival awarded the Excellence Award, following the grand prize. The reason for receiving the award is being continuously implemented for about a quarter of a century as a symbolic event of exchange between Japan and Hawaii, and the program has evolved constantly beyond the enterprise’s business barriers, fully established in the local community.

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“24th Honolulu Festival” highlight video is uploaded.

We just released 24th Honolulu Festival’s highlight video. we received many positive feedbacks from people in Honolulu and outside the city. As we run Honolulu Festival Foundation, we set 3 important themes: “cultural exchange”, “education”, and “environment”. We are planning more interesting events for the next 25th Honolulu Festival in 2019. We look forward very much to seeing you at festival. Click here for Youtube Clip>>

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H. P. Baldwin High School Wins the 15th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest!

The students of H. P. Baldwin High School are the winners of this year’s Honolulu Festival Maui Mikoshi Design Contest. Their mikoshi will be unveiled at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The students will carry it in the Grand Parade along Kalakaua Avenue on Sunday, March 11, 2018. This year’s festival sub-theme is “Cultural Harmony, Journey to peace”, which led students to brainstorm many symbols that represented many forms of cultural friendship that connects the world.   Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony [ Date ] Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:30am – 11:45am [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center   A Journey on the Nighttime Sea Toward A New Day of Peace H. P. Baldwin High School Inspired by the intricacies and discipline placed in the art of creating origami, we saw how humanity’s journey to peace is very similar—both require time and effort but the result is something beautiful. Thus, we wanted to incorporate the traditional designs of origami to symbolize this year’s theme, “Harmony over the Ocean, Journey to Peace.” The flowing design and cool color tone reflect the ocean and the warmer reds and oranges display the sunrise and sunset. The darker panels represent the nighttime before the beginning of the new day. One panel depicts origami boats floating on a golden path of water toward peace as the crane, the Japanese symbol for peace, graces the roof panel. The lighthouse shines as the guiding light toward peace through even the darkest night. Please come see their mikoshi decorated with origami, in line with the 24th Honolulu Festival’s focus on world peace.